Dramatic video shows Coast Guard rescuing man who went overboard on cruise
A passenger who fell off a cruise ship late Wednesday night was rescued on Thursday evening.
The 28-year-old man was reported missing by the crew of the Carnival Valor at around 2: 30 p.m. on Nov. 24, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. Rescue crews were quickly assembled. Crinis, the bulk carrier crew, saw the man in the water, and alerted Coast Guard. He was rescued around 8: 25 p.m., about 20 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana.
The man, who has not been identified, was “responsive but exhibiting hypothermic-like symptoms” when he was found by a Coast Guard aircrew and received emergency medical services at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, Coast Guard petty officer Ryan Graves told CBS News. He is stable.
The Coast Guard shared video footage of the rescue on Twitter, showing the moment the man was found and brought aboard an agency helicopter.
Matt Lupoli, a spokesperson for Carnival told CBS News that the man was at a bar with his sister on Wednesday night, and he disappeared after leaving to use the restroom. His sister, whose identity is not being made public, alerted crew when he didn’t return to his stateroom overnight.
“We are beyond grateful that this case ended with a positive outcome,” said Lt. Seth Gross, a Sector New Orleans search and rescue mission coordinator. “It took a team effort by Coast Guard watchstanders, response teams, and professional maritime partners operating within the Gulf of Mexico to find the missing individual and bring him to safety. This case could have ended much differently if it weren’t for the alert crew on board the motor vessel Crinis. “
Carnival’s Care Team is “providing support to the family members of the missing guest who were sailing with him and remain on board,” Lupoli said. The ship is headed for Cozumel in Mexico.
“We greatly appreciate the efforts of all, most especially the U.S. Coast Guard and the mariner who spotted the guest in the water,” Lupoli told CBS News.
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